Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

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America runs on teachers. In 2017, there were some 3.6 million full-time teachers in U.S., according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). 3.2 million of them were public school teachers, serving local communities across the country.

According to the NCES, the average salary for a U.S. public school teacher in the 2016-2017 school year was $58,950, 2% lower than the average salary in the 1990-1991 school year when adjusted for inflation.

Stagnant wages may be the reason why fewer college students have chosen to major in education. But teachers are more necessary than ever. NCES predicts there will be over 50 million students in public schools by 2025.

Few teachers chose education as a career path because it’s lucrative — but there are some states where becoming a new teacher may be more profitable than others.

According to the National Education Association, a national professional organization for teachers, the average starting salary for public school teachers in the 2017-2018 school year was $39,249, but this varied widely by location. In the District of Columbia, new teachers made an average starting salary of $55,209, the highest in the country, while in Montana they made $31,418, the lowest.

Here’s how much new teachers made on average in every state.

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Alabama

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $38,491

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Alaska

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $46,954

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Arizona

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $34,473

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Arkansas

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $33,323

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California

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $46,992

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Colorado

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $33,483

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Connecticut

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $45,922

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Delaware

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $41,639

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District of Columbia

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $55,209

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Florida

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $37,636

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Georgia

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $35,474

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Hawaii

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $46,790

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Idaho

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $34,801

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Illinois

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $39,236

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Indiana

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $35,943

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Iowa

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $37,048

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Kansas

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $35,769

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Kentucky

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $36,752

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Louisiana

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $40,303

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Maine

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $34,788

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Maryland

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $45,147

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Massachusetts

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $45,498

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Michigan

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $36,599

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Minnesota

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $38,529

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Mississippi

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $34,784

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Missouri

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $32,226

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Montana

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $31,418

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Nebraska

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $34,465

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Nevada

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $39,054

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New Hampshire

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $37,395

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New Jersey

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $51,443

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New Mexico

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $36,405

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New York

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $45,589

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North Carolina

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $37,631

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North Dakota

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $38,611

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Ohio

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $35,923

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Oklahoma

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $32,010

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Oregon

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $36,319

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Pennsylvania

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $44,647

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Rhode Island

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $41,689

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South Carolina

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $33,148

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South Dakota

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $38,098

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Tennessee

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $37,305

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Texas

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $41,481

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Utah

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $38,499

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Vermont

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $38,499

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Virginia

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $40,453

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Washington

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $42,240

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West Virginia

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $33,715

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Wisconsin

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $38,181

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Wyoming

Here’s how much new teachers make in every state

Average starting teacher salary: $45,241

While teachers have a tough salary to budget on, there are a host of freebies available to them. Here are 50.

This article originally appeared on Policygenius and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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